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106 N. Western Ave. Girard, KS 66743 Tel.


Weekly Bulletin


Saint Michael Church, Girard

GIRARD Sat. 5:30pm Sun. 10:00 am Sat. 2:00-2:45pm

ARMA 4:00pm 8:00 am 3:15-3:45pm

Weekdays before Mass; anytime by appointment.

STAFF Fr. Roger Lumbre Pastor Janel Scales Bookkeeper/Bulletin Editor Faith Paoni Secretary Rectory Office Hours Tues-Fri 9AM-Noon Closed on Mondays Tel. (620) 724-8717

Notes From the Pastor: I hope greeting everyone a happy Labor Day weekend would really mean happiness to all of you! We know during this time, many of our brothers and sisters are still out of job or whose salary are very much well below what is needed to sustain the needs of the family. At the same time many of those who are working are very much stressed in their job. One of the reasons are longer working hours. The US Department of Labor data shows Americans are working longer hours, but making less money. With this working condition, this labor day celebration is another time for us to reflect upon the gift of labor that God has given us and the gospel imperative of respecting and protecting the dignity of every person. Our Catholic faith is very rich in its social teaching which has been handed on and made relevant through the ages from the early times of Christianity up to the present time. From the New Testament we can read several passages where we are reminded of their importance. In fact in Matthew 25, we will be divided and judged based upon what we do to the least of our brethren. In the modern times, the church magisterium has continually reminded us of this gospel imperative: Rerum Novarum (Latin for On the New Things) is an encyclical issued by Pope Leo XIII on May 15, 1891. It was an open letter, passed to all Catholic bishops, that addressed the condition of the working classes. Forty years after Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, Pope Pius XI, issued 15 May 1931 the encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (Latin for In the 40th Year). While Leo XIII addressed the condition of workers, Pius XI discusses the ethical implications of the social and economic order. He pointed out that arising from unrestrained capitalism and totalitarian communism come the major dangers for human freedom and dignity. He also calls for the reconstruction of the social order based on the principle of solidarity and subsidiarity. The Blessed John Paul II has written 3 encyclicals on this matter and finally Pope Benedict XVI wrote Deus Caritas Est (2005), and Caritas in Veritate (2009). All these teachings would remain just teachings if they are not being put into practice. This condition also reminds us of 1921 which most of you are familiar with. From December 12 to 14, 1921, in support of their protesting husbands and sons over unfair labor practices and the exploitation of workers, a group of southeast Kansas wives, mothers, and sisters marched from coal camp to coal camp to protest the hiring of the scab labor. They became known as the "Amazon Army." Next Sunday(9/09/2012) 10:00 AM M., M., M. Adams, J. Duling, M. Reif, P. Amershek, Marilyn McCracken Doug Lopeman Randy & Donna Little Family
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Next Saturday(9/08/2012) Altar Servers: 5:30 PM Bailey Leritz & Luke Martin

E. M. H. C. Lectors: Gift Bearers:

Rachel Ausemus Linda Moore Chris & Mary Leritz Family

4:00 PM 5:30 PM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 7:00 AM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 8AM-6PM 8:00 AM 8:30AM-4PM 7:00 AM 4:00 PM 5:30 PM 8:00 AM 10:30 AM

As we celebrate Labor Day let us continue to pray for a Christian conscience for everyone both employers and employees that Gods will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Finally, I am urging you all again to join us for our parish picnic on Sunday, and the mass with the bishop September 9th at 10:30AM. I am also encouraging parents to enroll your kids to our PSR classes. Enrollment forms are at the back of the Church and September 9th is the deadline. God bless you all! Fr. Roger St. Michaels Fall Bazaar Mark your calendar, the fall bazaar will be held on Sunday, October 21st. We have placed last years food and work list in the back of the Church for you to review and make any changes you wish to make. Please stop by either this weekend or next weekend. We will need everyones support to make our Bazaar a success once again. Thank you! Online Calendar If you have an upcoming parish event that you would like posted on our St. Michaels website calendar, please call Nancy Bauer at 724-8533. Remember, our web address is and in addition to the calendar of parish events, you can find photos of parish events, bulletins, parish information and more!

Mass Schedules & Intentions for September 1st-9th:

Sept 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Geno Marchetti Verl Diskin Pro Populo Marion Lowe NO MASS NO MASS NO MASS NO Eucharistic Adoration NO MASS NO Eucharistic Adoration NO MASS NO MASS Marion Lowe Julia LaSota Pro Populo

COLLECTIONS Last Week Contributions Children's Offering Expenses Over/ (Under)

Saint Michaels Upcoming Events Finance Council Tony Stonerock-Chair September 6th, 5pm Rosary Altar Society Next meeting, Sept. 24th At 7pm in the Hall. Helping Hands Need help or want to volunteer, Call Carrie Smith, 724-6684 Parish Council Dale Coomes-Chair September 18th, 6:30pm Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday of Month, 7pm St. Michael Parish Hall Daughters of Isabella Call Marilyn Bradshaw, 724-7133

July 2012 to date $24,965.38 $267.13 $11,703.74 $13,528.77

$2,484.75 $38.37

That Man in You Friday mornings at 6am, starting September 7th.

Important Dates September 8/9 Bishop Jackels will be visiting our parish and will celebrate the weekend masses with us; September 9 Mass will be at 10:30 AM with Bishop Jackels; installation of our catechists within the mass; Parish Picnic follows at the hall and church ground food, band, and games! Please plan ahead and unite with one another! September 12- CCD Classes starts PSR Enrollment Forms Please pick up an enrollment form to register your child in St. Michaels Parish School of Religion, which begins on Wednesday, September 12th.

Labor Day Although not as uniquely American a holiday as Thanksgiving, Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor chose September for this annual salute to working men and women. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. In 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. Americas labor force has taken us to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known. Years ago, the dignity of labor was spoken by Pope Paul VI when he stated, The reverence the Church has for labor is evident. She sees in these men and women their dignity and their equality, the sacred individual upon whose face is impressed a divine likeness. While we honor American workers, these past several Labor Days havent been as happy as wed like, due to the recession and the loss of many jobs. The Church asks us to pray for those families who suffer job losses and to assist materiality as much as we can to shelters, food banks, and good-will centers. The downturn in the economy touches us all. Im sure you know of someone who lost his or her job. Our son-inlaw, a construction engineer, lost steady employment nearly two years ago in Kansas City. He works small jobs when he finds them. Our daughter, who worked part-time, now has a bull-time position in order to keep their five children in Catholic schools. Extend a hand to someone in need, for today, its your friend or neighbor; tomorrow, it may be you or I. The world isnt as secure as it was when we were growing up. Change has become the norm, rather than the exception, which means that were not certain as to what the future will bring. Lets celebrate Labor Day for all who know the joy of having a job and pray for breadwinners who are out of work, giving some thought as to how we might help them, even in a small way. It is a holiday, after all. Article by Marcel Normand

March for Life 2013 Plan now to attend the 2013 March for Life Pilgrimage, January 23-28, be a voice for the voiceless. Registration is now open! Forms can be downloaded at This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision making abortion legal. St. Michaels Altar Society *We march to give voice to the children Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the 2012*We march for ourselves and for future generations 2013 year are: Co-Presidents: Joan Davied & Barb Mikrut, Vice *We march to challenge policies of our government that do not respect President: Sharon Harris, Treasurer: Karen Zerngast, Secretary: human life Connie Sponsel. Costs: $360-full payment plan or $390-optional payment plan ($195 due We want to thank these ladies for giving their time and talent to by Nov. 14, 2012, and $195 due by Dec. 14, 2012) No full or partial our parish. Thank you, thank you to the ladies who attended our refund after November 14, 2012. 1st Altar Society meeting for the 2012-2013 year. The Bazaar and **If you are interested to join and find it hard to shoulder all or part of Charities were among the topics discussed. We hope you are able the cost, please let us know and maybe if you would be willing to help, to join us at our next meeting on September 24th at 7pm in the we can start a fundraising campaign to support you! Call the parish ofhall. fice or talk to Fr. Roger! Act now!

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